Each year more than half a million prisoners are released back into communities. Many of these face significant employment barriers, substance abuse and mental health challenges that reduce their ability to smoothly transition back into society. As a result, the criminal justice system seems like a revolving door of re-arrest, imprisonment, release to community and re-arrest. Given the challenges faced by newly released individuals,... Continue Reading
DadTalk Blog: Economic Stability
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Ed. Note: This highlight is part of a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families. Read the original posting here.
Oftentimes, the first step towards economic self-sufficiency and breaking the cycle of poverty is employment. This OFA Highlight from the Field video showcases Juan Evans King, a Connections to Success program participant, and his successful employment.... Continue Reading
Many kids think that dads know everything. That means dads have to be prepared to tutor their kids on almost any topic, including the really tough ones like money.
When it comes to money, you don’t need to have an advanced Business degree from college to offer children good advice. Here is a list of things dads can say and resources that can help dads raise more money-smart children.
1. Managing money is about being aware and... Continue Reading
When John first connected with ADVOCAP's Fathers and Family Stability Project (FFSP), he had just lost his job and was in danger of losing his housing. John had some contact with his daughter, but his visits were becoming limited due to his housing situation. As a part of his initial interview with the program, FFSP learned that John had grown up in the foster care system never having a stable residency or care takers. As a result, John’s... Continue Reading
Wally Flores, 28, is scheduled to be released from a correctional center early next year. Upon his release he will live with family members, including his father and maternal aunt, who raised him after his mother passed. Flores is engaged to be married to his fiancé who has stood by him for over a decade and through two incarcerations. Together they have two children, and also help to raise Flores’ 10 year old son from a previous... Continue Reading
In just a few short weeks, Antonio* went from being a client receiving fatherhood services to an advocate to the community about the importance of fathers and families.
Antonio attended the Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC) Fatherhood Program within Jefferson County Reentry Fatherhood Initiative. Antonio often spoke about his hair-cutting abilities. After completing the program, Antonio found the confidence to open his own... Continue Reading
Our views on money management were modeled by our parents. Attitudes and fears are attributable to lessons that we learned or didn’t learn growing-up. Before teaching your children about finances, it is important to explore and understand your relationship with money. Understanding your own emotional relationship with it will help you to avoid passing on bad habits. Fatherhood Buzz has listed four tips for teaching your children money... Continue Reading
I recently had the opportunity to visit RecycleForce, a social enterprise in Indianapolis, IN that operates a recycling business while providing transitional jobs and comprehensive support services to formerly incarcerated individuals.
RecycleForce received a $5.5 million grant through the Department of Labor’s Enhanced Transition Jobs Demonstration (ETJD) to serve low-income, non-custodial fathers with criminal records. To implement... Continue Reading
As the tax filing deadline quickly approaches, many fathers and families are likely feeling some pressure. Tax season and the pressure of filing on time and correctly is stressful, but there are Federal programs out there to help. Programs working with fathers and families can connect with a wide range of resources, including connecting to tax credits and IRS-certified free tax preparation, to help ease the pressure.
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